Abstract Title:

Ginkgo biloba extract attenuates oxLDL-induced endothelial dysfunction via an AMPK-dependent mechanism.

Abstract Source:

J Appl Physiol. 2012 Nov 29. Epub 2012 Nov 29. PMID: 23195633

Abstract Author(s):

Hsiu-Chung Ou, Yueh-Ling Hsieh, Nae-Cherng Yang, Kun-Ling Tsai, Kai-Ling Chen, Chiou-Sheng Tsai, I-Ju Chen, Bor-Tsang Wu, Shin-Da Lee

Article Affiliation:

1China Medical University.


Atherosclerosis is a complex inflammatory arterial disease and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) is directly associated with chronic vascular inflammation. Previous studies have shown that Ginkgo biloba extract (GbE) acts as a therapeutic agent for neurological and cardiovascular disorders. However, the mechanisms mediating the actions of GbE are still largely unknown. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that GbE protects against oxLDL-induced endothelial dysfunction via an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-dependent mechanism. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with GbE followed by oxLDL for indicated time periods. Results from Western blot showed that GbE inhibited the membrane translocation of the NADPH oxidase subunits p47(phox) and Rac-1 and attenuated the increase in protein expression of membrane subunits gp91 and p22(phox) caused by oxLDL-induced AMPK dephosphorylation and subsequent PKC activation. AMPKα1-specific siRNA-transfected cells that had been exposed to GbE followed by oxLDL revealed elevated levels of PKC and p47(phox). In addition, exposure to oxLDL resulted in reduced AMPK-mediated Akt/eNOS signaling and the induction of phosphorylation of P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK),which in turn activated NF-κB-mediated inflammatory responses such as the release of interleukin-(IL) 8, the expression of the adhesion molecule, and the adherence of monocytic cells to HUVECs. Furthermore, oxLDL upregulated the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), thereby augmenting the formation of NO and protein nitrosylation. Pretreatment with GbE, however, exerted significant cytoprotective effects in a dose-dependent manner. Results from this study may provide insight into a possible molecular mechanism by which GbE protects against oxLDL-induced endothelial dysfunction.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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